Re: Sweethands Johnson has to stay
posted at 9/26/2013 11:14 AM EDT
In response to OrrEspoCash's comment:
The Bruins are guilty of some boneheaded moves in the past, like giving Chris Bourque all kinds of ice time and signing Seguin and some others to monster contracts before they deserve them, and letting Nick Johnson get exposed to waiver draft in order to send him to Providence would be right up there. He's clearly outplayed Caron, Smith, Fraser et al, he's their leading goalscorer, he's got 14 goals in 100 or so games (about what you'd expect of a 3rd liner in today's NHL), decent size, and those sweet hands, so to let him go thru waivers would be to lose him. Then, in 20 games when Reilly Smith is giving his best Chris Bourque imitation, Chia would be saying "Jeez, we need a goalscorer on that 3rd line. Let me trade a second round pick for one". That would be a travesty.
So many things wrong with this...
'like giving Chris Bourque all kinds of ice time' Not really. He got an audition. Kind of like what you're asking for with Sweethands. It's how you figure out if young AHl guys can sink or swim. Bourque got 4th line minutes in 18 games -- is that "all kinds of ice time"?
'signing Seguin and some others to monster contracts before they deserve them' No. Seguin was signed to a pretty good contract for the team, which is part of what made him so marketable for a good return on the trade market.
'He's clearly outplayed Caron, Smith, Fraser et al' No he hasn't. He has a much bigger body of work to look at too, if you're willing to look at it instead of focusing on three preseason games against AHL-laden competition. Smith certainly looks to have more potential, but naturally is a little more raw, not having already struggled through 7 years of pro hockey like Johnson.
'Chia would be saying "Jeez, we need a goalscorer on that 3rd line' What???
A. Sweethands isn't a goalscorer. Never has been.
B. Chairelli knows exactly what he needs on the 3rd line, now.
C. Both Smith and Fraser have shown superior 'goal-scoring talent' at whatever levels you can compare to Johnson (NCAA, AHL).
D. PC has wanted 3rd line wingers to be versatile, with speed and PK abilities, which Smith seems to be demonstrating best. Johnson does not have speed.
That said, I think Johnson has had a very good preseason and might work his way onto the roster. I doubt it, given the competition and the contracts, but I do think he deserves consideration, and would be deserving of a 13th forward spot if it works out. He also might clear waivers if he was sent down, since anybody could have signed him a few months ago.